Post # 1
Just curious as I hope I won’t be leaving it too late! We’ll be looking for a large venue for 250 people (Asian wedding) and I really can’t tell if booking something in April/May for a summer 2020 wedding will be a bit late. When did you all book?
Post # 2
yellowbell : Hi bee. I booked my venue 16 months in advance and couldn’t get the original date we wanted. Venues book up FAST! Especially for summer dates! Our wedding is in March so not even a popular time of year.
I would be gobsmacked if you managed to leave it that late and found a venue for that many people! What is your reasoning for not wanting to book it now?
Post # 3
We had a short engagement and booked our venue in October for a wedding the following July. We had to marry on a Friday though to get that date.
you might be lucky depending on the day and venue but I’d start looking sooner rather than later.
Post # 4
- Wedding: June 2018 - Beautiful Barn
We booked ours April 2016 for a Saturday in June 2018 wedding and our venue had already had a couple of bookings for the summer of 2018 with plenty of couple’s interested in summer dates that year! A few months after we booked we were told that they were fully booked for all Saturdays from June to September so they do go quickly!
Two years in advance seemed to be quite normal to our venue as it was a dedicated wedding venue rather than a hotel etc so places like that might be different and ours was nowhere near as big as yours will be!
I’d def start looking soon to at least choose a venue then you’ll know how busy they are for that year already. Avoids all disappointment and if they say they won’t take bookings until a certain amount of time before at least you are prepared to get in there quickly.
Post # 5
We are hoping to book in the next few months for a Feb 2021 wedding, so probably about 20 months in advance 🤞🏻
Post # 6
People can be a bit dramatic about wedding planning timings. I got engaged 11 months before my wedding and it was fine. A few venues were booked up for the dates we wanted but most had availability (our wedding was in at the end of April).
However, I would say: if you want a very particular type of venue and /or want a peak day (Fri or Sat), book sooner rather than later – esp given your numbers.
Venue tends to be the first thing you book too so delaying will hold up booking other vendors.
Post # 7
We booked ours 9 months in advance, i’ll be honest it felt quite late… and we’ve booked it in france.
Our main concern was ensuring we gave our guests enough notice, are you plannng a UK wedding?
Post # 8
If we wanted to pick the date we wanted we had to push it and make it an April 2020 date, and we booked in June 2018. All dates that we wanted (and we werent hugely fussy – but we were lookign at out of season dates) had aleady gone for 2019.
It is stressful booking one so far in advance but when youve done that you can take a breather for a bit.
Post # 9
- Wedding: February 2018 - UK
We only had a 10 month engagement, and the venue was the first thing we booked. We booked in April 17 for February 18. We were able to get the date because it was a winter wedding, if we’d wanted anywhere between March and September, we’d have had to wait another year.
Post # 10
I think we booked ours around 16 months in advance, sometime around November/December 2017 for an early May 2019 wedding. Honestly we were looking for late summer 2018 but our none of the 3 venues we looked at had any availability, we wanted it to be a weekend wedding since it was back in my hometown and half of the guests would be traveling so we picked our favourite venue and booked the first weekend date they had.
Post # 11
Echoing PPs, I booked almost 2 years in advance for September. If you’re looking at peak wedding season (between about June-Sep), then venues can get booked out quickly. We had our choice of September weekends, but July and August we’re already fully booked for Saturday’s when we booked.
If you know the size and approximate location for your wedding, is there any reason you’re holding off booking it now? Until you have a venue and a registrar, you don’t have a date. And without a date, you can’t book other key vendors (photographer, entertainment, videographer, florist, decor etc).
Post # 12
- Wedding: January 2021 - City, State
We booked 3 years in advance and couldn’t get the date we wanted originally as it was booked solid.
Another venue we liked had no “summer” dates 5 years in advance. Which is absolutely hellish! So season dependant – two plus years
Post # 13
People do book a long time ahead. We booked our reception venue 9 months ahead (11 month engagement) and the venue we chose had plenty of availability, but there were a couple of reasons for that.
Firstly, it was a very big hall, so anyone having a wedding with fewer than 150 people would have felt lost inside. Secondly, although it’s really nice inside, the venue is ugly on the outside. That didn’t matter to us as we didn’t plan to have photos taken there so we only saw the outside when we arrived and left. Thirdly, you can’t have the ceremony there – we had a church ceremony and then transferred. So that probably deterred quite a lot of couples. Lastly, I live in an area with a lot of other possible wedding venues which are all very beautiful and top choice for people getting married around here (although super expensive). If I’d have wanted one of those on a Saturday in summer, finding availability would have been much harder.
Post # 14
Thanks for your replies everyone. SO won’t be able to propose till March because we’re both travelling for work all through Feb (at different times ugh) and although we’ve done some background research we wouldn’t be looking to book until we’re officially engaged (please don’t come at me with the “you’re already engaged!!!”). To be honest, even if we were engaged, we just wouldn’t have the time over the next few weeks. We’re looking for venues quite far from London where we live so we would have to dedicate weekends solely to venue hunting. Also doesn’t help that our families live hours apart from each other so even if we do like something it’ll be difficult logistically to get everyone to see and agree on a venue – and this is important as our parents are paying for the majority of our wedding.
I spoke to a couple of venues and they did say that Indian weddings at large venues don’t get booked up as soon as non-Indian ones as Indians apparently have shorter engagements and take longer to decide so idk. Hoping for the best in the mean time!
Post # 15
- Wedding: August 2020 - Rhodes, Greece
We booked ours last week for September 2020. I wanted it booked as early as possible so we could have the date we wanted.